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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jul 18, 2007 5:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea

sweet! I love the dead in their business as usual years (early 80s)

here they are doing Shakedown at the same show...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-EI-yid1NY&mode=related&search=

This post was modified by stratocaster on 2007-07-19 00:23:46

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Poster: billydlions Date: Jul 18, 2007 5:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea-hijacked

Hey strat, I read your comment about Phil's playing from the earlier thread. Why do you suppose Phill was cranked so loud in some years (like 79, 83, 84)? Do you think this was Healy sensing that he was on top of his game while other band members (Jerry) were not? Perhaps he was loud on the soundboard mix, but not as loud in the audience mix....although all of my auds from 83 and 84 he is way louder than in other years. Don't mean to hijack this thread, but wanted your opinion on this.

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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Jul 21, 2007 1:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea-hijacked

the thing is IMO, Phil was pretty off in the early 80s, those were his drunken years

and even though Jerry was a junky during that time, his playing from 81-82 was dead on balls hot. There are so many strong shows from that period in my opinion

thanks for all the info on Healy didnt know he was big on stuff like MIDI, etc.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jul 18, 2007 5:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea-hijacked

Lesh went to a six string bass on 12-26-1982, things definitely got deeper on the bottom end and more high end possibilities and it seemed that Healy compensated for this change...as far as "loudness", that's really on Healy, he dicked around so much in the 80s with their sound it was ridickulous...I do notice that at various times in their career, especially in 80-81, Lesh would get lost in the mix...that is also on Healy for not giving the band a good board mix...Garcia was the loudest in the early 80s...a really good audience tape will reveal what the real stage and venue sound was...

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jul 19, 2007 7:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Althea-hijacked

Not to beat that old dead horse, but this is the kind of valid information that plays into the age old pre-77 and post 77 debate. Healy, in fact, had a great deal to do with the band's change in sound reinforcement, including PA design and contracts for PA supply. While it must have moved forward from a technology standpoint, there were clear differences in Healy's ear versus Betty's.

I personally have trouble finding any of Healy's work superior to Betty's. To give credit where credit is due, he also had to deal with an evolving "DRUMS" behemoth, Brent technology and the boys dabbling with MIDI. It's kind of like comparing processing analog signals versus digital. Same thing only different.Healy had a lot more on his plate .

The point here is that there's a lot of logic and factual information available to support the difference in 80's Dead versus that which came before. Some of it is technical, some equipment related, some heroin related and a thousand other variables to take into account.

I stand by my old school ways, but it's not just personal preferences, many of the changes that I found negatively impacted my experience in later years have been well documented and the proof is in the listening.